Site news 14.05.2015
May 14, 2015, Rybinsk. - The participants of the 5th practical conference for aerospace professionals dealing with occupational safety issues organized under the aegis of the PROFAVIA trade union highly valued the activity of NPO Saturn relevant to environmental and occupational safety.
This time, the conference held annually by PROFAVIA in different regions of the country, saw its participants in the Yaroslavl Region and got underway on 13 May at the Rybinsk-based NPO Saturn. The two following days would be spent in the town of Gavrilov-Yam and in Yaroslavl.
Speaking about the importance of the conference in question, the deputy chairman of PROFAVIA’s central committee Alexey Tikhomirov noted: “it is important that each conference participant take the best practices existing in the aerospace industry and in other industries and deploy them in his own production environment. This communication venue we’ve been able to establish facilitates the exchange of expertise, exposing the topical issues faced by all the companies and preparing proposals to be further treated at the government level.”
In the course of visiting NPO Saturn, the members of the delegation (over fifty delegates of the companies from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Perm, Kazan, Ufa, Yekaterinburg, Voronezh, Kirov, Dubna, Irkutsk, and Omsk) got familiarized with NPO Saturn’s production facilities and the cutting-edge technologies allowing the company to comply with the international principles of a “green” economy.
In practical terms, the refurbishment of the galvanizing workshop № 9 with the introduction of new galvanization lines has allowed NPO Saturn to cut by 90 % water consumption due to introducing a closed water-circulation system, decrease the emission of pollutants into the atmosphere by 25-30 % and bring the level of their rectification up to 92 % also bringing down the utitlities costs by 30 %.
At the etching area of the heat treatment workshop № 4, an automated drain-free line has been installed featuring a water pre-conditioning system and local industrial waste rectification facilities.
The conference attendees also visited the casting, machining-and-assembly, final assembly, and test facilities. Particular attention of the visitors was captured by the processes of casting, machining and electro-chemical milling of metals, assembly of sub-assemblies and final products, engine testing, the highly-organized production environment, the provisions of protecting the operators from hazardous effects on their health, and precautions against occupational deceases.
“This is already my third visit to NPO Saturn. Comparing and evaluating by how much the company has evolved, I can say that what I’ve seen here today is very impressive, - shared the head of the occupational safety department - the PROFAVIA head technical occupational safety inspector Natalya Gorshkova. - We’ve seen that the company continues to build new facilities, develop itself, buy new state-of-the-art equipment while creating a perfect work environment.”
During the conference plenary session, NPO Saturn deputy chief engineer Nikolay Komshin told his colleagues about the prospects of the company’s technological development, about the search and implementation of such solutions that would allow NPO Saturn to combine the quality, labor efficiency, occupational safety and environmental issues in the production of gas turbine engines. NPO Saturn deputy chief engineer in charge of occupational and industrial safety Nikolay Zobov shared his experience of building an occupational safety system, adding that the activity aimed at creating an integrated company management system incorporating the ecological management (ISO 14001), safety management (OHSAS 18001), and the social standard (SA 8000) had been chosen by NPO Saturn as a strategic direction for development. The experience of certifying the NPO Saturn occupational safety management system and the resulting operational improvements were presented by Svetlana Ulyanova, development director of SSU DQS, the Russian branch of the DQS-UL Group. She highlighted that having committed itself to complying with the Russian and international standards, NPO Saturn has confirmed its social responsibility to society, its partners, and its employees.
The environmental safety management system and occupational safety management systems have existed in the company for over 30 years. They span the design, manufacturing, testing, repair, and maintenance of gas turbine engines of aviation, special-purpose, marine, and industrial application.
In 2010 NPO Saturn was awarded the first certificate ascertaining that the company had been placed on the register of organizations respecting the rights of their employees. The aforementioned certificate makes its holder exempt from scheduled audits carried out by the State labor inspection in the Yaroslavl Region and serves as a token of confidence the authorities have in the employer.
In 2011 NPO Saturn entered the ranks of the ten leading innovative companies of Russia based on the rating carried out by the Fast Company magazine.
In 2012 NPO Saturn was awarded a certificate of compliance of its ecological management system with the requirements of the international standard ISO 14001:2004.
In 2014 the company was awarded an international certificate of the occupational safety management system ascertaining its compliance with the requirements of the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard.
In 2014 NPO Saturn received once again an employee confidence certificate.
Over 2010 - 2014 NPO Saturn was voted the leader of the environmental protection activity in Russia.
In 2014 based on the rating compiled by the ecology and energy agency Interfax-Era, NPO Saturn came 56 in the rating of fundamental efficiency among 4510 Russian and CIS companies having soared from 207th position compared to 2013. Among the best Russian and CIS companies with relation to environmental efficiency NPO Saturn is ranked 37. In the rating of the environmental reporting transparency NPO Saturn proudly holds the first position among all the Russian and CIS companies.
The NPO Saturn Research and Production Association (OJSC) is an engine-manufacturing company specialized in the design and development, production, and after-market support of gas turbine engines for military and commercial aviation, naval ships, and power-generating plants and gas-pumping units. The association is part of the Union of Russian Mechanical Engineers, an all-Russian public organization.
NPO Saturn is part of United Engine Corporation (JSC) and acts as the leader of the Commercial Engines Division, a business unit of UEC founded on 09.10.2012 as a result of integration of the following companies: NPO Saturn (OJSC), Aviadvigatel (OJSC), PMZ (OJSC), Metallist-PM (CJSC), Energetik-PM (OJSC), Motoservis-PM (CJSC), and Zheleznodorozhnik-PM (CJSC).
United Engine Corporation (JSC) (a Rostec State Corporation company) is an integrated organization specialized in the design and development, serial production, and after-market support of the engines for military and commercial aviation, space programs, the Navy, as well as for the oil and gas industry, and power generation. One of UEC’s prioritized fields of activity is the implementation of comprehensive programs of development of the companies in the industry by introducing new technologies meeting the world-class standards. In 2013 revenues of the corporation amounted to RUB 158.9 billion.
The Rostec State Corporation is a Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to facilitate the development, manufacturing, and export of high-technology industrial products of military and commercial application. Today, it comprises over 700 companies, which form 9 defense-industrial and 5 civil industry holdings as well as 22 direct control companies. The Rostec portfolio includes such renowned brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA, etc. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and deliver their products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2013 revenues of the corporation amounted to RUB 1.04 trillion. Total taxation exceeded RUB 138 billion.
Natalya Gorshkova, Alexey Tikhomirov, and Nikolay Zobov 253 kb